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  •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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    He can't run as a CT for Lieberman candidate, can he?

    Didn't the party pass a bylaw preventing him from being a member?

    •  I guess he could make a new party (1+ / 0-)
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      The Real Lieberman for Real Connecticut Party (I'm not entirely sure what part of Connecicut is fake, but there has to be a fake Connecticut somewhere :D)

    •  The problem with LIeberman is this (2+ / 0-)
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      is that he gives an opening to Rell

      In potential 2012 re-election matchups against two Democrats -- Ned Lamont (D) and Richard Blumenthal (D) -- with Lieberman running as an independent, Gov. Jodi Rell (R) wins both hypothetical races.
      The results: Rell 42%, Lamont 30%, Lieberman 25% and Rell 43%, Blumenthal 28%, Liemberman 25%.


      •  Rell really doesn't need an opening (0+ / 0-)

        She has some ungodly approval ratings for such a blue state, I can't imagine that it would make much of a difference either way.

        •  Ive heard alot of AntiRell mumblings lately in CT (0+ / 0-)

          here on the ground.

          But there has been talk of re instating the highway polls for out of staters only AND doing things like have a bottle deposit type return program for plastic bags as well as expanding the bottle deposit program for more kinds of bottles.

          I dont follow local politics that much so I'm sure theres other people here that know more about that than me.

          Maybe its things like that that gets people to approve of her.

          My parents are semi conservative dems and they love Rell...I voted for DeStefano..

          GOP supported their standard bearer and all they got was this lousy minority status.

          by AfroPonix on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:28:38 PM PDT

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        •  Rell knows how to communicate. (0+ / 0-)

          People just like her.  I never voted for her, but she's a difficult person to dislike.  She has good communication skills and comes across as decent, reasonable, and not ideological.  If she ran for the Senate, she would be difficult to beat.  I think our Democratic potential star candidate could be Chris Murphy, from Ct.'s fifth cong. district.  Chris Dodd has to do some mending.  Maybe he should do some town hall meetings or something.

      •  Well, that's one of the problems with Lieberman (4+ / 0-)
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      •  Lieberman truly (1+ / 0-)
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        does not have a party unless he registers as a Republican and runs as a Republican.  I think he screwed himself for future runs.  The Independants won't endorse him, nor the Greens, nor the Working Families Party.  

        I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution. -- Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:15:37 PM PDT

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        •  GC, is it true we're reinstating 95 polls? (0+ / 0-)

          GOP supported their standard bearer and all they got was this lousy minority status.

          by AfroPonix on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:30:06 PM PDT

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        •  If Lieberman ran on the Democratic ticket, (0+ / 0-)

          the Democratic Party in Connecticut would suffer a terrible blow. I really don't think it's possible for Lieberman to run as a Democrat after what he did in the presidential election.  If he runs as an Independent, the GOP will run a real Republican and his candidacy could cost the Democratic Party a seat in the Senate.  If Joe Lieberman expects to have any chance of getting reelected, he's got to run as either a Democrat or a Republican.  He's probably going to try to blackmail the Democratic Party into taking him back by threatening to run as a Republican.  That can only work if his approval ratings go up and he has a chance of winning.

      •  I hate to say it . . . (0+ / 0-)

        If Rell ends up with Lieberman's seat because of a flukey three-way race, the Democratic elites will have no one but themselves to blame. If they hadn't thrown Ned under the bus in 2006, it would be a very different ball game right now. Of course, Rell is popular enough that she might be able to win a two-way race in her own right, but the dynamics of a 3-way competition will make this a free-for-all.

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